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Old 01-24-2013, 11:45 PM   #1
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"The Impossible"......The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami was one of those events that put our lives into perspective, and the film achieves the same feat. Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts play the parents of three children who decide to spend an exotic Christmas in Thailand. When the inevitable does happen, the following 15 minutes are intense, realistic and terrifying. An onslaught of terrific practical special effects and incredible sound design hits us with an impact. However, after that concentrated outburst, the drama shifts down a gear to a more intimate, personal level, which is no less frightful. Naomi Watts is wonderful as "Maria" and is deserving of her Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Her young co-star Tom Holland(Lucas) is terrific, and along with Watts bring a huge emotional impact to the film. It's about the smaller picture. By focusing on the survival of this one family rather than the scale of the event itself, a better, and more human, representation of the disaster is displayed. However, I do think they should have had more scenes with the Island natives and also there should have been more dead body carnage shown in various spots. We see mother and son treading through water and debris during the aftermath, but hardly see any bodies. If this was done it would have been just a little more intense and heightened the devastation just a tiny bit more. But all in all, this is a powerfull and very well done movie. Full of intense, devastating, dramatic, and gut wrenching scenes!!

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Would have loved to see Tom Holland net an Oscar nomination for Supporting Actor. The kid is deserving of one with this film, and should have been in Alan Arkin's(Argo) spot on the ballot.

Naomi Watts is deserving of her Best Actress nomination, so I am happy about that. Not enough to win, but the nomination is honorable for her.
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Would have loved to see Tom Holland net an Oscar nomination for Supporting Actor. The kid is deserving of one with this film, and should have been in Alan Arkin's(Argo) spot on the ballot.

Naomi Watts is deserving of her Best Actress nomination, so I am happy about that. Not enough to win, but the nomination is honorable for her.
Such a great film.

I think this is the first disaster movie that I've seen that has made me feel for the characters in the film. Usually it's just mindless nonsense but here it's brutal, sad and wonderfully acted.

And Naomi Watts is fucking amazing, as usual.
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a heartbreaking and intense drama. the main cast is strong. had a bit of an issue in some scenes with some editing and directing though.

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Such a great film.

I think this is the first disaster movie that I've seen that has made me feel for the characters in the film. Usually it's just mindless nonsense but here it's brutal, sad and wonderfully acted.

And Naomi Watts is fucking amazing, as usual.
Yep...so true.

This movie should have also been Oscar nominated for production design/art direction and even perhaps for music score.
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I'm looking forward to seeing this, I nearly broke down in tears just watching the trailer, I'm gonna be emotionally wrecked after watching the whole film
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I read Oscar odds on the 28th, I think, and Naomi Watts has the upper hand? Will be a toss between her and Lawrence. The kid is lucky to be there, Jessica Chastain was insufferable, and I didn't see Amour so I'm not sure of Emmanuelle Riva.
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I read Oscar odds on the 28th, I think, and Naomi Watts has the upper hand? Will be a toss between her and Lawrence. The kid is lucky to be there, Jessica Chastain was insufferable, and I didn't see Amour so I'm not sure of Emmanuelle Riva.
I think Chastain already has the Oscar in the bag.
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I think Chastain already has the Oscar in the bag.
Nah. She didn't get the SAG, she might not have Academy support. I'd bet on it.
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